The Friends & Members of 750 Words

750 Words exists because of mutual good will between the people that run this site (Buster & Kellianne) and the people who use it (you). The site wouldn't exist without the generosity, patience, and humor of everyone involved. For the first 3+ years that the site was running (Dec 2009 to May 2013), the site was free to use but with some encouragement to donate. That served us well (and most importantly, generated enough income to keep the site up), but as the site grew the need for support also grew.

On June 12th 2013, all existing users of the site were given lifetime free accounts (we hope you'll continue to donate when you can). New accounts created after June 12th, 2013 are now required to become members within 30 days after signing up in order to keep writing. Everyone will always have access to previous writings, stats, etc, even if they choose not to become members.

We're listening to your feedback and want to make sure that first and foremost, we offer a friendly and safe place for people to dump their private thoughts. I expect that we'll continue to adjust the way this all works for the near term. Thanks for being an awesome community!

Who runs this site?

Our names are Buster and Kellianne, we live in Berkeley, California with our son Niko, and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Notes of inspiration from members

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More badges for accomplishments

I’d just love to collect lots of pretty badges! Would also be good for marking various milestones along the way to keep up the encouragement to write.

p.s. I love this site!

New Feature Vote from amber dawn pullin on Wed, Oct 01
1 cup

I am so accustomed to writing every day that I don’t know what I would do without the exercise! I have a two year writing streak and I intend to continue until I’m no longer able. Thanks for this site. It’s the best!

Testimonial Note from Michael Wayne Cole on Wed, Oct 01
6 cups

I just bought 6 cups for $18 – twice. Once for a time where I missed the One Month Challenge but never got around to paying the amount promised. The second just a donation because I met the challenge for September. Wanted to donate anyway because this site has been so helpful.

To have a place where I can dump about all the stuff that is going on with me these days. Also to have a place where I can do no pressure brainstorming for writing projects is so helpful. I plan to do NaNoWriMo this year and I’ve been using 750 Words to work through some ideas. Thanks!!!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Oct 01
1 cup
Less Comments About Badges

People would just accept that there are only a certain amount of badges and then they would move on to the writing projects they know they “should” be working on.
;)

New Feature Request Note from Amy K. on Wed, Oct 01
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More badges for accomplishments

Hi! I’d love to see more badges – like more badges for the increments between 30 days and 100 days. Like maybe one for 60 days. And then badges between 100 and 200; and between 200 and 365; and 365 and 500. Maybe badges for 150 days, 275 days, and 425. And maybe even some in between. It really helps to have those little milestones to shoot for. Thanks for your consideration!

New Feature Vote from Nan Mat on Tue, Sep 30
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Tue, Sep 30
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Alexandra Sourisseau on Tue, Sep 30
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More badges for accomplishments

So, I have now earned every badge that is offered. I hear that there is one more “hidden” badge and I’m not sure about what it is or what it could be since I’ve seen many hit 1 million words, 1,000 days and still they have not gotten a badge, and those are big accomplishments.

With this being a pay for site, I can’t see many wanting to continue to pay as much if one of the biggest features, badges, is gone pretty much after a year and a half. Badges keep this from being any other writing site (like Penzu) and makes it fun, challenging and encouraging. I say that Buster keeps them coming…even 2 extra’s put out during the year would help if they were challenging.

New Feature Vote from Katrinia17 on Tue, Sep 30
5 cups
More text analysis

I love this stuff. While I was learning more about programming, I took inspiration from your use of the RID, and wrote a php script to implement it. Just a nice touch that appealed to me, of course I want more. :)

New Feature Vote from Cameron on Tue, Sep 30
1 cup
Pretty Colored Highlighting

This isn’t a brand-spanking new original idea, it’s just one of my favorite features in other writing programs — highlighting. I like to highlight creative inspirations and to-dos that cross my mind while writing so I can find them later and follow-up.

New Feature Request Note from janet on Sat, Sep 27
1 cup

I lost the challenge this month and I said I would donate 5 bucks. I am more than happy to as I was lucky enough to become a member before the membership fee. Thank you for providing such a wonderful place for me to release everything in my head. It also allows me to get things written up for my blog.

Testimonial Note from Amy Royse Brown on Thu, Sep 25
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Charlotte M. Schu on Wed, Sep 24
1 cup

Not only does 750words work well, it looks good, too. Aesthetics are important to me, and I look forward to seeing 750words in the morning.

Testimonial Note from Margaret Lukens on Tue, Sep 23
1 cup

I had been struggling in my head for the last 24 hours about how to work through a difficult creative problem. I sat down and worked through it in 750 words. I now have the direction I need and feel like a huge weight has been lifted. This seems to happen nearly every morning now.

Testimonial Note from Adam Scott on Sat, Sep 20
2 cups
Build up second chances

I finally had my longest streak ever 30+ days which was big for me. But because of a work crisis day I missed a day. I was thinking that as you earn badges you should be able to earn second chances. A Miss badge so you don’t have to give up your monthly challenge plans, or become an egg again for one miss. I think you should be able to earn “saves” with the same frequency as behavioral and writing day badges?! I know it would have made me feel a lot less upset with myself and positive today about getting back on the horse!

New Feature Request Note from Lauren Shannon on Fri, Sep 19
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

The more badges the better – it’s a good motivator. I know that I shouldn’t need extrinsic motivation but it really does help! I love the site and am very grateful for the support it gives me in writing each day and clearing my head. Thanks :)

New Feature Vote from Em McDermott on Fri, Sep 19
1 cup

750 Words helped me clear my mind while I was writing a novel in 2010 and 2011 and now I have a great “diary” or history of my inner thoughts from years ago. Thanks 750 Words!

Testimonial Note from Jeff Shipp on Thu, Sep 18
3 cups

If I never had this site, I wouldn’t have a brain dump.

Testimonial Note from L0rra1n3 Jam35 on Thu, Sep 18
2 cups

I started using this site a little less than two years ago. In just five days I will have reached the 500 day streak milestone. I just wanted to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for this site. Sitting down every morning to get out my thoughts has helped me to gain so much perspective on my life and to move forward in very significant ways. One month ago I started as managing editor of a new startup magazine in Vancouver, BC. I actually feel like I’ve catapulted my life in this incredible direction. I couldn’t have done it without the help of this site. Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Christine Bissonnette on Thu, Sep 18
1 cup

I’ve written more in a month with 750 words than I have in an entire year. I only wish that I discovered this sooner.

Testimonial Note from Destroyer of Words on Mon, Sep 15
1 cup

This isn’t a testimonial so much as a question. On the Daily writers section of this site, one name consistently comes up with red font. What does this signify? Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Clara Miller on Mon, Sep 15
2 cups
Store!

Pretty self explanatory! Tote bags with words on them, buttons with the different badges which you can only buy if you have gotten the corresponding achievement/badge online. Magnets, stickers, fun stuff like that. Journals, notebooks and pens with “750 words” written on them might be kind of neat, too. For the materialistic writers :)

New Feature Request Note from Ami Khalsa on Sun, Sep 14
6 cups

Today is my 600th day of writing every day. In the beginning I found it tricky to get to 750 words; now I find it hard to write less than 1200 to 1500 or so words each day. It’s amazing to me. Not that it’s resulted in anything publishable, mind you, but I love the process—and that the words seem to flow so much more easily now. The next step I’d like to take is to begin putting down the words inside me that I would like to publish. Wish me luck. And thank you again and again, Buster and Kellianne, for this site. It is an incredible blessing.

Testimonial Note from Bhavani on Wed, Sep 10
1 cup

A friend told me about 750 Words and I was hooked from day 1. I come here every day to vent, talk it out, word vomit, whatever you want to call it. Writing daily has helped keep me sane!

Testimonial Note from Amy Presley on Wed, Sep 10
1 cup

I’ve been trying to write my story for quite a few years now, but never really had the discipline to do it.
Now I have written more of my story than I ever have and am making it a habit to write every day due to this challenge. Heck, I even wrote on my phone one day because I wasn’t going to be home at all that day.
It’s helping me get this story out of my head and onto the pages and it’s helping me calm down and relax.
Love this site!! Best writing site I’ve found in a long time.

Testimonial Note from Angelina Rettenmaier on Tue, Sep 09
1 cup

While I have—once again—failed a monthly challenge, my head is bloodied but unbowed, so to speak. 750 Words still remains an amazing tool that, time and again, helps me work through problems or refine my observations, simply because it is, for me, a safe environment. I feel safe to expose my inadequacies and my fears here; I don’t have to strive to get my words exactly right before setting them down. I can just spout them out. Sure, if I want to, I can go back later and edit—and I probably will, because I’m that kind of a girl. But I appreciate the ease with which I can write on this form. For whatever reason, I find it far easier to spill out my ideas when my fingers are in contact with a keyboard. Thanks for keeping me sane!

Testimonial Note from Sandra Kathleen on Mon, Sep 08
1 cup

The days that I start with 750 words are better than the days I don’t. Simple as that!

Testimonial Note from Barney Struggle on Mon, Sep 08
1 cup

I tried the whole Seinfeld, I don’t want to have a day without an X in it thing with a regular paper calendar and I didn’t really care enough to keep it up. I don’t know why, but even with my stuff set to private I feel more compelled to write just because I want to see the little bar of green x’s fill up. Also I really wanted that blue horse.

Testimonial Note from Nena Craven on Fri, Sep 05
1 cup
Secure server for writing

But I also want an iPhone/iPad App.

New Feature Vote from Megan O'Connor on Fri, Sep 05
1 cup

750 motivates me to study and work on school assignments in a journal-like fashion to keep a streak (and actually whittle away at something every day instead of cramming and rushing). Whether it’s actually writing for a writing class, or putting my chicken scratch into sentences, I find that it’s an enjoyable precursor to the more painful side of homework. Thanks for this wonderful site!

Testimonial Note from Kellybird on Fri, Sep 05